Not an admission of guilt, says PAS sec-gen

PETALING JAYA: PAS’ out-of-court settlement with Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown is not an admission that it took RM90mil in bribes from Umno, according to a top party official.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the out-of-court settlement with Brown was agreed upon by both parties.

“PAS believes that the action taken by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, in this matter, took into consideration the interest of party members from all aspects,” the Kota Baru MP said in a statement yesterday.

Takiyuddin, a lawyer, urged party members to be steadfast and be fully loyal to the party leadership.

He also cautioned that they should not fall for the trap set by “enemies who are always waiting.”

“We submit to Allah on all matters and are confident that He will help those who are fighting for His cause,” he added.

On Friday, PAS central committee member Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz and former deputy president Datuk Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa were questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the case.

Abdul Hadi had sued Sarawak Report for libel over an article published on Aug 6, 2016, alleging that the party received RM90mil in bribes from Umno.

The alleged defamatory article was allowed to be retained despite the out-of-court settlement.

PAS leaders have also denied accusations of flaunting their wealth and had lived lavishly with luxury vehicles.